Friday, April 15, 2016

Exquisitely Preserved 17th Century Dress Recovered From Shipwreck

In 2014, divers discovered a bundle at the site of a known wreck buried in the sands at the bottom of the Wadden Sea in the South Eastern part of the North Sea. It contained a trove of incredibly well-preserved antique textiles. This veritable time capsule had been locked in sand for nearly 400 years, immune from the damaging effects of oxygen and marine animals.
One of the most remarkable objects from the find was a complete silk dress likely from the first half of the 17th century. The gown’s high quality suggests it belonged to a noblewoman, or even royalty.

Archaeologists from the Kaap Skil Museum in Holland have been analyzing the contents. The artifacts are on display at the museum until May 16th, when they will be returned to the archaeologists for further study.More here 

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